Thursday, April 2, 2015

Thankful Thursday - Grateful

"Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend." Melody Beattie

Last night my oldest crawled into bed with me and we talked about things on her heart, and things on mine. We talked about parts of the day that made us smile. I fell asleep feeling grateful for my family and for life that has turned out incredibly peaceful and happy. 

Gratitude...I breath in it everyday.....all b/c of Him. He loved me enough to reach into the dark, and guide me inch by inch into the light. 
Gratitude...I think it's a way of living...of being in the world and so today I'm thankful for....

-Life itself. The ups and downs. The good times and even the tough.
-Family - it's what I craved...a loving, supportive, fun family, and I got it!!!
-Friends - the ones that are there listening to my rants, laughing with me until late into the night, encouraging me to follow my passion. They're a soft place to land every time.
-Freedom - I know what it's like to be trapped, held, caught and I know what it's like to feel free. Perhaps to feel grateful, I had to experience the one to really know the other. Freedom is the best feeling ever.
-My Faith. it's my starting point...every day....a new beginning....Him in my corner....believing in me...running with me....always there...loving, whispering hope.

Happy Thursday, Guys!


Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

What an incredibly uplifting post, Nikki! I too craved a loving supportive family and when I met my hubby, I found it. With God in our corner, life has become a real blessing! Happy Easter to you and your family. May He shower you all with many lovely blessings.


Saleslady371 said...

Love your graphics and your words about family! I love it, too, when we can share our faith as a family. Will be doing just that on Saturday with a Passover Seder at my house and my unbelieving girlfriend is coming. Please pray that her eyes will be open and she will see Jesus in this wonderful tradition.

Have a lovely Passover, and Easter too, my Jewish friend.

Warm hugs,

Nana Jul said...

Gratitude, thankfulness...make life SO much better. The more you're thankful for, the more you see to be thankful for. It opens your eyes to the beauty, the grace and the gift of today!
So sweet your daughter jumping in bed with you!
Happy Easter!! He is Alive!
Love Jul

Connie Arnold said...

What a lovely and sweet post! Family is so special, as are friends, and God's love tops it all.

Margie said...

You are blessed and you are a blessing to all that read your "Thankful Thursday" posts.

I am so glad our paths have crossed as you do so inspire me!

Joy said...

And I am grateful knowing you. You are an inspiration!

Launna said...

Nikki, I agree with you... sometimes we have to see the awful to appreciate the wonderful... sometimes we have to lose what we love the most to appreciate what we have... It is hard but it is worth it in the long run... I am grateful to Him too... He never gave up on me too xox ... Happy Easter xox

Lux G. said...

So many things to be grateful for as always.

Happy Easter!

Daisy said...

Your posts are always so uplifting, Nikki. I enjoyed this. I hope you have a nice week.

Lowcarb team member said...

Lovely uplifting post. Family and friends are so special.

All the best Jan